Junction Cave CLOSED for the winter
Junction Cave is now closed to protect hibernating bats that overwinter within. Please help protect our winged relatives by respecting this closure. The cave will reopen for visitation on March 16th, 2014. Other permit-accessible caves remain open.
Cave permits now available for selected park caves
FREE mandatory cave permits are now available to visit specific caves in El Malpais. Permits can be obtained at the El Malpais Information Center on NM Highway 53 or at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at I-40/Exit 85. More »
Three visitor centers are in the El Malpais region: a National Park Service facility on the west side of the park, a multiagency center in Grants, and a Bureau of Land Management station on the conservation area.
Located in Grants, the center has USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service staff on duty to help the traveler to the region. Call them at 505-876-2783 for your travel planning needs or click here for the center's page.
El Malpais Information Center (NPS)
Located about nine miles south of Interstate 40 (exit 89), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ranger Station serves as the gateway to the El Malpais National Conservation Area. The station is open from 8:30 to 4:30 daily. For more information about the conservation area, contact the BLM at 505-280-2918, write to them at PO Box 846, Grants NM 87020, or click here for their website.
Did You Know?
When people say that El Malpais lava country looks like a "moonscape" they aren't far from the truth. Much of the moon is covered with basalt lava flows which form the "maria" or lunar seas. Astronauts trained on lava flows in preparation for walking on the moon. More...